Al Jawf Province
Historical Site

Marid Castle - Al Jawf Province

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Marid Castle, طريق الملك سعود، Dumah Al Jandal Saudi Arabia
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Description

Marid Castle, also known as Marid balance, is a military fortress located at Dumat Al-Jandal in the Al-Jawf region. It dates back to several centuries before the Islamic era and was built to protect the area from enemy attacks.

Military Importance and History

The word “marid” means rebellious, and this name signifies the castle’s rebellion and insurrection against anyone who tried to conquer it. Considering this was a fortification, one can appreciate its strategic location. All parts of Dumat Al-Jandal are visible from the fortress, and one can even see someone coming from a long distance. 

In the late 1970s, excavations were carried out which revealed Nabataean and Roman artifacts dating back to the first and second century A.D.

Architecture 

Marid Castle stands on a rocky plateau and is around 620 meters above sea level. The fortress was built from jandal stone, which is why the city was named Dumat Al-Jandal. The unique architecture of this castle is a testament to how old this fortress is, and therefore, regular maintenance work is needed to keep the castle from deteriorating.

The castle was fortified with stone walls with two main entrances and consists of various observation towers and buildings. To reach the top of the fort, visitors have to climb for about 30 minutes as there are 1000 steps in its spiral staircase. It is also believed that the people of Thamud built part of the castle as the construction shows great manpower and skill.

Attractions 

To promote tourism, a heritage market and a traditional restaurant and café have been built in the vicinity of the castle. Walking through the castle corridors gives tourists a peek into ancient times and culture. If you are a history buff and are interested in Arab history, you will not want to miss out on this trip. 

 

Location

Marid Castle, طريق الملك سعود، Dumah Al Jandal Saudi Arabia

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Abdul Rahman

Abdul Rahman

06/03/2022 16:19

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A historical landmark, located in Dumat Al Jandal in north of Saudi Arabia. Marid castle Omar bin khattab mosque.
Moayad Al Yousef

Moayad Al Yousef

03/26/2022 11:32

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A well-known historical ط castle, prepared by the Ministry of Tourism to receive visitors. The energy of the place is very awesome and worth a visit 😍
Mushtaq Rather

Mushtaq Rather

01/04/2022 19:56

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Very well maintained worth visiting impressive historic building, adajcent to Umer Bin Khatab Mosque, in The modren city of Duma Al jandal.
Ahmad Reza Faruqi

Ahmad Reza Faruqi

12/09/2021 19:34

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Very nice monument which is make us to remember the history
Louie Bayquin -VLOGS-

Louie Bayquin -VLOGS-

05/16/2021 21:04

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Marid Castle is Located at Dumat Al Jandal and this castle was built long time ago, but now a Tourist destination here in Aljouf Province in Saudi Arabia. Its a nice historical place to visit, a take a overlooking view of the Dumat Al Jandal Place when you're in top of the Castle and a piece of advice when you climb the castle take care and make it slowly because at the top part the slope of the stairs is very high but when you reach the top its worth it and you'll love it if your adventurous person.
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